augury doggerel

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

bble bble bble

A dozen dabblers on the pond, all bottoms up at once. They tilt face down for five or six seconds, then pivot back up for a quick breath, and then go down again, rolling on the bubble of their great quacking lungs. All you see is a dozen tails turned up saucily and a pair of flat orange feet pedaling along, but the bill quibbles with the green underneath.

"Ducks' Ditty"

All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!

Ducks' tails, drakes' tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!

Slushy green undergrowth
Where the roach swim--
Here we keep our larder,
Cool and full and dim.

Everyone for what he likes!
WE like to be
Heads down, tails up,
Dabbling free!

High in the blue above
Swifts whirl and call--
WE are down a-dabbling
Up tails all!


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